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· Propane Delivery Crisis Plagues the Midwest
· Propane demand outpaces supply in parts of Iowa
Propane Delivery Crisis Plagues the Midwest
by Sonja Begemann, AgWeb
Nov 01, 2019
Harvest just got a little harder—propane supplies aren’t where they need to be for Midwest farmers. This week propane prices stayed at $1.18, flat compared to last week, and down compared to this time last year at $1.30 per gallon.
Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have all provided exemptions for propane delivery hours of service to get fuel to farmers and co-ops as quickly as possible. This year’s wet harvest has many across the Midwest burning propane faster than trucks can deliver.
“My propane suppliers called me an hour ago and said starting today you’re going to 40% allocation,” says Tim Burrack, who farms in Iowa speaking on the AgriTalk Radio Show. “And I’m just getting started on corn harvest, I’ve got 7% of my corn done and now this hit.”
Reduced allocations add another kink to an already difficult harvest. Instead of managing drying capacity based on bu. per hour, farmers have to consider how long they can go before running out of propane, and when they can refill.
“Normally you don’t run out of propane, you’re just limited by your capacity to dry,” Burrack says...
more, including AgriTalk audio [05:57 min.]
Propane demand outpaces supply in parts of Iowa
By Ken Anderson, Brownfield
November 4, 2019
The CEO of the Iowa Propane Gas Association says they’re working to find solutions to the propane supply problems impacting parts of the state.
Deb Grooms says the Iowa Governor’s office is also involved.
“The governor’s office has contacted both the Enterprise and ONEOK pipelines to visit with them,” Grooms says. “We’re trying to figure out ways that we can get more propane here into the state.”
Grooms says she received a positive report Monday from one of the main suppliers, ONEOK.
“It looks like there’s a lot more loads coming up the pipe. They’re just not her yet,” she says. “So hopefully they’ll help us as we get into the middle of the week.”
more, including audio [4:09 min.]